The social work program was first started at the University of Michigan-Flint in the Fall of 1973 with a course taught by a single faculty member with a dual appointment in social work and criminal justice. Since these humble beginnings, the UM-Flint Social Work Program has grown to become a premiere CSWE accredited BSW program that has trained hundreds of social workers, many who continue to work in the Flint community. Situated in the heart of east-central Michigan, the UM-Flint Social Work program provides students with unique community engagement opportunities that cross between metropolitan and rural areas.
Social Work Department Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Michigan-Flint Social Work Program is designed to promote community well-being. Our generalist program is guided by: a culture of inclusively, a commitment to ongoing critical reflection that positively transforms our roles and relationships with diverse communities, and excellence informed by diverse voices addressing suffering and injustices so that all humans are treated with dignity and respect.
Our program prepares students to recognize and effectively intervene in structures of injustice that are reproduced in everyday lives. Through dynamic educational experiences our program ignites student's capacity for advancing social and economic justice while recognizing the interconnectedness of social issues locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
Social Work Department Goals
1. Engage students in critical discussions that advance critical thinking about current events affecting the well-being and relationships within communities.
2. Develop excellent, well-rounded academic writing, professional level communication skills, and an unwavering commitment to ethical practice.
3. Prepare students to recognize and effectively intervene at personal, interpersonal, structural, institutional levels and cultural values that reproduce injustices in everyday lives.
4. Catalyze students' passions to fuel engaged citizenry, creative and lifelong learning.
5. Promote social and economic well-being by engaging leadership, policy, and community practice which ameliorates social problems.
6. Prepare generalist social workers that dynamically respond to demographic, economic, and sociopolitical contexts affecting human rights, social, and economic justice locally, nationally, and globally.